Gandhi

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Released 1982

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Director:
Richard Attenborough
Released:
1982
Rating:
PG
Gandhi won the 1982 Academy Award for Best Picture with its epic life story of Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) who led India's break from British Rule. The film begins with London-trained lawyer Gandhi getting thrown off a South African train for being an Indian in a first class seat. The incident spurs Gandhi to form a non-violent protest which results in recognition for Indians but not for native Africans. In 1915, Gandhi returns to India a national hero who can garner worldwide attention. Indian leaders of the independence movement ask him to join the fight against the British Empire. The British insist that the division between the Hindus and Muslims in the country will only lead to chaos. But Gandhi rallies the support of millions of Indians, as well as the attention of international journalists like Vince Walker (Martin Sheen) and Margaret Bourke-White (Candice Bergen), which finally compels the British to grant independence. The political struggles continue with violence between India's competing factions, leading to Gandhi's hunger strikes for peace and eventual assassination. Director Richard Attenborough blends historical detail, sweeping scope and a compelling character study of one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What is important about this film is not that it serves as a history lesson (although it does) but that, at a time when the threat of nuclear holocaust hangs ominously in the air, ...

  • 90

    Slate

    Yes, Gandhi is a hagiography and not a nuanced, darkly shaded, or even very convincing portrait of an ambitious and deeply strange man. And as an account of the muddled, messy orig...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    This is a monument that should be visited, but it is a monument of importance only as a reminder of the thing it seeks to memorialize. Gandhi may not be a hagiographic embarrassmen...

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Drama

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Biography, Historical, Social Issues, Politics